|We are amongst 4 greatest groups on the earth: Morocco coach after dropping Third-place FIFA WC playoff to Croatia|
Morocco misplaced the Third-place playoff to Croatia. (AP Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Morocco coach Walid Regragui stated he’s completely satisfied along with his group ending within the prime 4 on the FIFA World Cup. Morocco scripted historical past by changing into the primary African facet to succeed in the final 4 within the historical past of the match.
Morocco, who have been pushed to the third-place playoff by the defending champions, misplaced the bronze medal match to Croatia 1-2 on Saturday. However, Regragui heaped reward on his younger gamers and stated that they did every little thing they might within the match. En path to the semi-finals, Morocco defeated the likes of Belgium, Spain and Portugal.
“We wished to convey pleasure to our followers however we’re nonetheless completely satisfied, we’re among the many 4 greatest groups on the earth,” Regragui stated. “We offered everybody with a superb present, we by no means gave up. Congratulations to Croatia, they deserve their third place. We are a younger group that’s nonetheless studying.”
Regragui additional stated that Morocco gamers felt the bodily toll of enjoying their seventh match within the World Cup.
“Sure, I’m a little bit upset by this second consecutive defeat, however we did every little thing that we may,” Regragui stated. “Physically it was tough, our gamers acquired drained, it was very intense. We wished to make the followers extra proud than they already have been, that is it.”
Morocco’s marketing campaign has impressed African soccer as none from the continent have been in a position to go previous the group stage through the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“I feel we confirmed our energy, we confirmed that African soccer is ready to face the highest groups on the earth with effectivity and enjoying on the highest degree,” Regragui stated.
“We most likely will solely realise what we achieved in Qatar after 4 years, within the subsequent World Cup. The stress will even be larger, there shall be expectation round us. It’s pure. We made an awesome achievement however we need to do it once more. It is not going to be straightforward however that is the target.”